Special Victims Unit investigates St. Joseph Co. officer

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

A Michiana cop has found himself on the wrong side of the law, and at the center of a criminal probe.

The St. Joseph County Police Department issued a statement this afternoon regarding a complaint they've received against Patrolman Charles Flanagan.

He's accused of committing "some type of battery" while working off-duty in South Bend.

And due to the nature of the claim, a formal criminal investigation has been launched by the county's Special Victims Unit, which investigates alleged adult sex crimes and cases of domestic violence.

These allegations center around Flanagan's off-duty work, outside the home.

Last May, Flanagan was hospitalized for weeks after he wrecked his police car during a chase at the intersection of Bittersweet and Day roads.

He was pursuing a speeding Mustang with his lights and sirens on when the driver swerved around several stopped cars and ran a red light.

Flanagan spun out on a patch of sand and crashed into the back of a stopped Jeep.

The family of four inside that vehicle suffered minor injuries but Flanagan had to undergo surgery to repair a broken femur.

The St. Joseph County Police Department is holding off on any internal investigation into these allegations until the special victims unit wraps up its probe.

In the meantime, Flanagan has been asked to quit his off-duty job where the person who filed the complaint lives and not have any contact with that individual.

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